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NASA and Amir Caspi

Next Monday's eclipse brings total darkness on a path mirroring one from 99 years ago, and it affords U.S. scientists a unique opportunity on their home court.

In short, the sun is too bright to study the planet Mercury and the Sun's corona. No Sun means they can see both, but only for about two minutes and 40 seconds. 

NASA and Southwest Research Institute, however, are going to get as much as four minutes of high-quality viewing by chasing the darkness across Tennessee, Missouri, and Illinois at 460 miles per hour in a couple of high-altitude jets. 

Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

Kelly Isbell, the former principal of San Antonio Independent School District's newest technology school is suing the district and others for firing her. The lawsuit filed Tuesday comes just six days before the school is scheduled to open the doors for its inaugural class.

Kelly Isbell was hired to open the first Centers for Applied Science and Technology, or CAST Tech. Her contract was not renewed in May, which surprised many in San Antonio's technology industry. 

David Mulder |

Millions of Americans work remotely from home as part of the New Economy, spreading a single company's workforce to isolated pockets of the U.S. According to Gallup, more industries are embracing the trend. 

Southwest Research Institute

This week, Southwest Research Institute announced it had been awarded $1.25 million contract for a study of a potential mission investigating the Sun's corona. 

Paul Flahive

Cash. Moolah. Loot. You might not know it but those colloquialisms for money can really throw a machine for a loop.

USAA launched a pilot program Wednesday allowing customers to use Amazon's popular smart-home device, Alexa, to talk turkey about their accounts and their spending.  

"Alexa, how much have I spent on gas?" asks Gualberto Camacho, USAA's Strategic Innovation Director.

"You've spent $20.19 on gas stations, oil and gas over the last three months," says the disembodied voice of the cylindrical speaker known as Amazon's Alexa.